On 6/30/2015, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team and the National Park Service conducted an investigation on illegal marijuana cultivation taking place on public land in the Whiskey Creek drainage of Whiskeytown National Park.
During entry into the marijuana cultivation site, agents encountered six Hispanic males who were all later determined to be from Michoacán, Mexico. Two of the suspects were apprehended with the aid of a K-9 and all six subjects were subsequently arrested and later booked into the Shasta County Jail on a combination of the below listed charges as well as Fish and Wildlife violations.
- 11358 H&S- Marijuana Cultivation
- 11359 H&S- Possession of Marijuana for Sale
- 182 PC- Conspiracy
- 148(a)(1) PC- Obstruct/Resist an Officer
- 1601(a)(1) F&G- Water Diversion
A total of 4,702 marijuana plants were eradicated from the site along with 450 lbs of processed marijuana. Additionally, officers removed approximately 500 pounds of trash, pesticides, and fertilizer during reclamation efforts.